Things to do in Newcastle
With beautiful beaches, thriving craft beer and café cultures and easy access to world-class wineries, Newcastle has become one of New South Wales’ must-do destinations.
Places to visit in Newcastle
Located in the heart of the Hunter Region, Newcastle is a thriving and cosmopolitan metropolis bordered by a stunning coastline full of amazing beaches.
Newcastle sits on the doorstep of the Hunter Valley, the country’s oldest wine region. With more than 150 renowned wineries in one place, as well as mouth-watering restaurants, it’ll put your tastebuds to the test.
Blessed with golden sands and a picturesque lighthouse, Nobbys is Newcastle’s highest profile beach. It’s also just a short 15-minute stroll along the scenic Bather’s Way from Newcastle Beach, one of the best surf beaches in Australia.
Originally built during the Crimean War to protect against a potential Russian invasion, this historic fort returned fire on a Japanese submarine during World War II, and is now a museum with unbeatable ocean views.
Just outside Newcastle, this stunning part of the world boasts 26 sparkling beaches, a bay twice the size of Sydney Harbour, and the largest sand dunes in the southern hemisphere – perfect for sandboarding!
Accommodation in Newcastle
Our buses are just the beginning. We’ve teamed up with the best hostel providers in Australia to offer flexible passes and packages that make it a breeze to secure quality accommodation that won’t break the bank, no matter where your journey takes you!
Popular accommodation options in Newcastle and the Hunter Region include the YHA backpacker hostels. Bookings can be made directly on partner websites.
Available from 7 to 28 nights, the Dreamcatcher pass allows you to pre-purchase your accommodation without locking in the dates. It can be used to book dorm-style accommodation at Airlie Beach YHA and more than 70 other YHA hostels around Australia.
Newcastle Beach YHA
Hunter Valley YHA
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How to get around Newcastle
Your Greyhound bus will drop you at 16 Honeysuckle Drive, in the heart of Newcastle.
From there, you’ll find Newcastle is exceptionally easy to navigate on foot, by bicycle and aboard public transport.
The Newcastle City Council has designed a series of self-guided walking tours to showcase the city’s historical, architectural and artistic highlights.
Riding a bike is a great way to explore Newcastle, with the 24-hour Spinway bike sharing program operating out of the Maritime Centre (3 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle) and Crowne Plaza (on the corner of Merewether Street and Wharf Road).
Newcastle has an extensive network of local buses, with a fare-free bus zone in the inner city from 7:30am to 6pm. Outside that zone (or outside those times), you’ll need to tap on and off the bus with an Opal card. Opal cards can be purchased and topped up at retail outlets around Newcastle, including many supermarkets, newsagents and convenience stores. Your Opal card can also be used in Sydney, the Central Coast, Illawarra and the Blue Mountains.
Newcastle’s new light rail service is a convenient way to get around the city centre. The light rail service runs from the Newcastle Interchange in Wickham to Newcastle Beach in the east end of Newcastle, with six stops along the way. Your Opal card can also be used to ride the light rail service, which operates from 5am to 1am, seven days a week.
Newcastle Transport also operates a ferry between Stockton and Queens Wharf. The ferry operates from Monday to Friday (5am to 11pm), Saturday (5:30am to midnight) and Sunday (8:45am to 10pm).
To plan your travel on Newcastle’s public transport system, use the New South Wales Government’s Trip Planner.
Newcastle Taxis operate throughout the Hunter Region; taxis can be hailed on the street and at taxi ranks, and pre-booked on the phone or online. There are also numerous car hire companies operating throughout Newcastle.
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